The reason I categorise this as “communication” is that “silence often speaks louder than words”! Anyone who has been on the receiving end of the silent treatment, will attest to the fact that this form of communication is extremely damaging and cruel!
The author says: “Should I meet someone again who uses this tactic just once he will not get another chance. Because the silent treatment is something that the abuser repeats over and over again. The silent treatment is CONTROL, and a safe means for them to avoid any ‘uncomfortable’ topics, issues in the relationship, or issues within himself (or herself).”
I concur! Respect yourself enough to recognise that you deserve better, and move on!